All César Awards Winners for Direction

by ehzon | created - 07 Mar 2020 | updated - 08 Mar 2020 | Public

1. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.

His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

5 Césars

2020: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - J'accuse 2014: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - La Vénus à la fourrure 2011: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - The Ghost Writer 2003: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - The Pianist 1980: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Tess

2. Jacques Audiard

Writer | De rouille et d'os

Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the ...

3 Césars

2019: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Les frères Sisters 2010: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Un prophète 2006: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté +4 Nominations

3. Alain Resnais

Director | Hiroshima mon amour

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Same Old Song (1997) and My American Uncle (1980). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March...

2 Césars

1994: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Smoking/No Smoking 1978: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Providence +6 Nominations

4. Bertrand Tavernier

Director | Un dimanche à la campagne

Bertrand Tavernier was the son of Geneviève (Dumond) and René Tavernier, who was a publicist, writer, and president of the French PEN club. He was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and ...

2 Césars

1997: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Capitaine Conan 1976: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Que la fête commence... +5 Nominations

5. Claude Sautet

Writer | Un coeur en hiver

Claude Sautet was born on February 23, 1924 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Claude Marie Sautet. He was a writer and director, known for Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995) and The Things of Life (1970). He was married to Graziella Sautet. He died on ...

2 Césars

1996: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud 1993: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Un coeur en hiverv +2 Nominations

6. Abdellatif Kechiche

Director | La vie d'Adèle

Abdellatif Kechiche was born on December 7, 1960 in Tunis, Tunisia. He is a director and actor, known for Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013), Games of Love and Chance (2003) and The Secret of the Grain (2007).

2 Césars

2008: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - La graine et le mulet 2005: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - L'esquive +1 Nomination

7. Jean-Jacques Annaud

Director | Der Name der Rose

Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire (1981), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Lover (1992), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Wolf Totem (2015). Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César Awards, ...

2 Césars

1989: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - L'ours 1982: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - La guerre du feu

8. André Téchiné

Writer | Les roseaux sauvages

André Téchiné was born on March 13, 1943 in Valence, Tarn-et-Garonne, France. He is a writer and director, known for Wild Reeds (1994), Rendez-vous (1985) and The Witnesses (2007).

1 César

1995: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Les roseaux sauvages +6 Nominations

9. Luc Besson

Writer | The Fifth Element

Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...

1 César

1998: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - The Fifth Element +5 Nominations

10. Bertrand Blier

Writer | Trop belle pour toi

Bertrand Blier was born on March 14, 1939 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He is a writer and director, known for Too Beautiful for You (1989), The Clink of Ice (2010) and 1, 2, 3, Freeze (1993).

1 César

1990: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Trop belle pour toi +4 Nominations

11. Arnaud Desplechin

Director | Rois et reine

Arnaud Desplechin was born on October 31, 1960 in Roubaix, Nord, France. He is a director and writer, known for Kings & Queen (2004), La vie des morts (1991) and The Sentinel (1992).

1 César

2016: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse +4 Nominations

12. Patrice Leconte

Director | La fille sur le pont

Patrice Leconte was born on November 12, 1947 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for The Girl on the Bridge (1999), Monsieur Hire (1989) and Ridicule (1996).

1 César

1997: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Ridicule +4 Nominations

13. Michel Deville

Director | Le dossier 51

Michel Deville, a singular talent in French cinema. For, except during a short period where he made two or three standard commercial films (but that was to repay the debts of his own film company, due to the defection of a business partner), Deville made pictures which, without being too elitist, ...

1 César

1986: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Péril en la demeure +3 Nominations

14. Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Writer | Cyrano de Bergerac

Jean-Paul Rappeneau was born on April 8, 1932 in Auxerre, Yonne, France. He is a writer and director, known for Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), Bon Voyage (2003) and A Matter of Resistance (1966).

1 César

1991: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Cyrano de Bergerac +3 Nominations

15. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

1 César

Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Le dernier métro +2 Nominations

16. Patrice Chéreau

Director | Intimacy

Patrice Chéreau was born on November 2, 1944 in Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France. He is known for his work on Intimacy (2001), Queen Margot (1994) and The Last of the Mohicans (1992). He died on October 7, 2013 in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

1 César

1999: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train +2 Nominations

17. Alain Corneau

Writer | Tous les matins du monde

Alain Corneau was a Cesar Award-winning French writer-director best known for his multiple collaborations with French cinema superstars Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Gérard Depardieu. Born on August 7, 1943 in Meung-sur-Loire, Loiret, Corneay trained as a musician but switched his interest to ...

1 César

1992: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Tous les matins du monde +2 Nominations

18. Michael Haneke

Writer | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

1 César

2013: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Amour +1 Nomination

19. Michel Hazanavicius

Writer | The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first ...

1 César

2012: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - The Artist +1 Nomination

20. Joseph Losey

Director | The Servant

Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair (1948), for RKO. While he was filming ...

1 César

1977: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Mr. Klein +1 Nomination

21. Alain Cavalier

Director | Thérèse

Alain Cavalier was born on September 14, 1931 in Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher, France as Alain Fraisse. He is a director and writer, known for Thérèse (1986), Un étrange voyage (1981) and Libera me (1993).

1 César

1987: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Thérèse +1 Nomination

22. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

1 César

2002: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain +1 Nomination

23. Albert Dupontel

Actor | Irréversible

Albert Dupontel was born on January 11, 1964 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Seine-et-Oise, France as Philippe Guillaume. He is an actor and writer, known for Irreversible (2002), 9-Month Stretch (2013) and See You Up There (2017).

1 César

2018: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Au revoir là-haut +1 Nomination

24. Jean-François Richet

Director | L'instinct de mort

Jean-François Richet was born on July 2, 1966 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Mesrine: Killer Instinct (2008), Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2008) and Inner City (1995).

1 César

2009: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) L'ennemi public n°1 & L'instinct de mort

25. Andrzej Wajda

Director | Katyn

Andrzej Wajda is an Academy Award-wining director. He is the most prominent filmmaker in Poland known for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007).

He was Born on March 6, 1926, in Suwalki, Poland. His mother, Aniela Wajda, was a teacher at a Ukrainian school. His father, Jakub...

1 César

1983: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Danton

26. Ettore Scola

Writer | Una giornata particolare

Ettore Scola was born on May 10, 1931 in Trevico, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for A Special Day (1977), The Family (1987) and Passion of Love (1981). He was married to Gigliola. He died on January 19, 2016 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

1 César

1984: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Le bal

27. Louis Malle

Director | Au revoir les enfants

Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...

1 César

1988: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Au revoir les enfants

28. Tonie Marshall

Writer | Vénus beauté (institut)

Tonie Marshall was the daughter of French actress Micheline Presle and American actor/director William Marshall, who appeared in such '40s and '50s films as Knute Rockne All American (1940). As a child, Tonie saw her mother "doing movies and getting invited everywhere", and the life of an actress ...

1 César

2000: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Vénus beauté (institut)

29. Dominik Moll

Director | Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien

Dominik Moll was born on May 7, 1962 in Bühl, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He is a director, known for With a Friend Like Harry... (2000), Only the Animals (2019) and The Tunnel (2013).

1 César

2001: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien

30. Denys Arcand

Writer | Les invasions barbares

One of Québec's most politically aware filmmakers, Denys Arcand studied history at Université de Montréal, where he co-directed Alone or with Others (1962) with Denis Héroux and co-written with Stéphane Venne. He joined the National Film Board (NFB) in 1963, where his feature-length documentary on ...

1 César

2004: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Les invasions barbares

31. Guillaume Canet

Actor | Jeux d'enfants

Son of horse breeders, the young man spent his childhood in the countryside near Paris. In his youth, Guillaume wanted to be a horse-rider, and briefly followed a professional career in the sport. A bad fall broke his dreams, but is at the origin of his acting career, and success. After briefly ...

1 César

2007: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Ne le dis à personne

32. Abderrahmane Sissako

Director | Timbuktu

Abderrahmane Sissako was born on October 13, 1961 in Kiffa, Mauritania. He is a director and writer, known for Timbuktu (2014), Life on Earth (1998) and Waiting for Happiness (2002).

1 César

2015: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Timbuktu

33. Xavier Dolan

Actor | J'ai tué ma mère

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for I Killed My Mother (2009), Tom at the Farm (2013) and Heartbeats (2010).

1 César

Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Juste la fin du monde

34. Claude Zidi

Writer | Les ripoux

One of the most successfully commercial directors of France with smash comedy hits as the Charlots , Les Sous-Doués and Les Ripoux series. Also made the first Asterix and Obelix movie, La Totale (later remade by James Cameron as "True Lies") and Banzai (with Coluche). It got him the nickname "Mr. ...

1 César

1985: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - Les ripoux

35. Christian de Chalonge

Director | L'argent des autres

Christian de Chalonge was born on January 21, 1937 in Douai, Nord, France. He is a director and writer, known for Other People's Money (1978), Voyage of Silence (1967) and Malevil (1981).

1 César

1979: Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) - L'argent des autres

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